When honest cop Tul seizes a drug den belonging to a powerful politician, his good days are numbered. Refusing to be paid off to keep the case quiet, Tul is set up for a murder he didn't commit and lands in prison, where he is offered a job by a philosopher who argues that evil must be weeded out if good is to survive. Out of prison and deeply disillusioned, he takes the job as a Robin Hood-esque hit man, targeting the corrupt and powerful in Thai society. After a job goes wrong and he is shot in the head, he wakes up to find that he sees everything upside down. Suddenly, nothing is what it seems, and Tul must exact revenge according to his own moral code.
A return to the crime genre for celebrated Thai auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang (6ixtynin9, Last Life in the Universe), Headshot is a noir-laced thriller that jumps around in time on its hero's existential search for meaning, Karma, and redemption. Director of photography Chankit Chamnivikaipong's gorgeous cinematography shifts nicely between watery images of Tul's unwieldy upside-down point of view and lush, visceral action sequences.
Length: 105 minutes
Director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
Screenwriter: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
Producer: Pawas Sawatchaiyamet, Raymond Phathanavirangoon
Editor: Patamanadda Yukol
Director of Photography: Chankit Chamnivikaipong
Composer: Vichaya Vatanasapt
Primary Cast: Nopachai Jayanama, Sirin Horwang, Chanokporn Sayoungkul, Apisit Opasaimlikit, Krerkkiat Punpiputt
Pen-ek Ratanaruang was born in Bangkok and studied art history at Pratt Institute. He worked as an illustrator and graphic designer before returning to Thailand. His feature films include Fun Bar Karaoke, 6ixtynin9, A Transistor Love Story, Last Life in the Universe, Invisible Waves, Ploy, and Nymph.